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Hometown News Release 2018

Commencement 2018

Commencement Hometown News Release

If you would like to send an announcement of your son or daughter’s graduation to your local news outlet, please use the template below as a guide.

Cut and paste the template into a word file or body of an email, and fill in the graduate’s information where indicated. Send the completed press release by mail or email to the editor of your local news outlet. (E-mail and postal addresses usually are available online via the 'Contact us' link on the paper's website.) You may also want to include a photo of the graduate. If you do so by mail, write his or her name on the back of the photo. If you do so by e-mail, include the graduate’s name in the file name.


Hometown News Release 2018

CONTACT: [your name and telephone number or email address]

SPECIAL TO:  [name of your local newspaper]

RELEASE DATE: AFTER Monday, May 21, 2018



CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. (5-21-18) -- [Student name], [select one: son/daughter] of [names of parent(s)/guardian(s)] of [city], was awarded a [cite degree received (e.g., bachelor of arts degree or bachelor of science degree*)] in [cite major/field of study] at the 142nd Commencement of Boston College on Monday, May 21.

[Student's name] is a graduate of [name/city of high school]. At Boston College, [cite here any academic honors, memberships in clubs, athletics activities, et. al. **]

The 2018 Commencement speaker was Archbishop of Atlanta Wilton D. Gregory, the highest-ranking African American bishop in the United States. Rev. William P. Leahy, S.J., president of Boston College, presented Archbishop Gregory with an honorary Doctor of Laws degree.

Fr. Leahy also presented honorary degrees to: alumnus Joseph P. Duffy, S.J., former University Secretary and rector of the Jesuit Community at Boston College; Harvard University President Drew Gilpin Faust; alumna Kendall Bridges Reid, an award-winning HBO documentary producer, and alumnus Alberto Vasallo III, president and CEO of El Mundo Boston.

Boston College was founded in 1863 by the Society of Jesus. Today, it is one of the foremost universities in the nation, with a coeducational enrollment of some 14,000 undergraduate and graduate students drawn from all 50 states and 80 countries. Its faculty of eminent scholars is dedicated to teaching, both at the undergraduate level and in its graduate programs in education, law, management, nursing, social work, and theology and ministry. Boston College is guided by its founding Jesuit mission to offer students a transforming educational experience; to help them develop both their intellect and their character, and to encourage them to lead lives of faith, integrity and service to others.


* If the degree is awarded with honors (cum laude, etc.) include that information here.

**If the graduate's plans are known, a new paragraph including that information could be added after the activities list.